WE NEED TO TALK: David Littleproud opens the community ice forum at the Chinchilla Cultural Centre on Monday morning.
WE NEED TO TALK: David Littleproud opens the community ice forum at the Chinchilla Cultural Centre on Monday morning. Matthew Newton

Local Drug Action Team applications now open

MEMBER for Maranoa David Littleproud has called on organisations to be involved and make sure Chinchilla is represented in the new community-focused Local Drug Action Team (LDAT), with round two of the program now open.

"Community groups across Australia are joining forces to deliver targeted local action to help tackle drug use and addiction as we need to work together, to fight the ice scourge, which causes so much damage to families and our communities,” Mr Littleproud said.

Mr Littleproud's call came after he held a well-attended ice forum in Chinchilla on Monday.

The forum provided a unique opportunity, bringing together a diverse range of community members - from health care, education and law enforcement to recovering addicts, parents and families supporting loved ones trying to kick the habit - to discuss local action plans.

"At the end of the day, that's what I hoped to achieve by hosting this forum. This open and honest discussion, with Chinchilla firmly in the spotlight, needed to happen because now not only will the PHN look at a better targeted Chinchilla approach but also the community has taken away valuable information about their ability to form LDAT.”

The Federal Coalition Government will invest $298million over four years to combat illicit drug and alcohol use in Australia, and the LDAT initiative is one important grassroots component of the Federal Government's investment.

"The LDAT is a community driven program, supporting local organisations to work together to develop and deliver local solutions, and I encourage organisations to apply under round two,” Mr Littleproud said.

"Each successful Local Drug Action Team will receive minimum initial funding of $10,000 to support the further development of their local plan.

"Community teams can apply for funding of up to $40,000 per annum to support the prevention activities and priorities they have identified in response to local issues.”

Applications are now open and will close on July 14. For more information, visit www.adf.org.au.


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